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MAY marks our fifth birthday!

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The end of this month marks our aMAYzing fifth birthday and what an incredible five years it has been! 2015 started on a high for us, winning the Wedding Industry awards ‘Best Marquee Provider’ in the East Midlands award and is testament to how far our small, but extremely passionate Tipi hire company has come over the last five years. We also won a life changing trip with Tentipis, going back to our Tipis heritage in the Swedish Lapland and got to experience first hand how the Sámi people live in this climate as well as a trip to the factory where our beloved Tipis are made. Two of the best birthday presents we could have ever wished for!

To mark this special occasion here’s a little run down of ‘our story’ and the last five amazing and memorable years:


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Where it all began – 2011

We {Matthew and Duncan} have been close friends for over fifteen years and enjoyed seven years of success with our National Plastering firm, Steadfast UK, but it was our passion for the outdoors, combined with living in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District which encouraged us to pursue a completely different path in life in 2011 when we decided to ‘Trade our Trowel’s in for Tipis’! We visited the National Outdoor show at the NEC a few years prior and it was here that we first laid eyes on the tipis, but on a smaller scale. We spotted a gap in the local market, began looking into the possibilities of purchasing and importing the tipis from Sweden and despite the huge financial risk in such bleak economic times, decided to ‘go for it’ and in 2011, Peaktipis was born.

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Our first ‘Peaktipi’ event

One of the best moments so far was our first ever event back in 2011 which was a large, red-carpeted Summer garden party outside a beautiful Derbyshire home. The enormous sense of achievement once the tents were erected and filled with happy people who were blown away and ‘wowed’ by our tipis. We were invited to the event which in-itself was an honour, and guests all evening were so inquisitive, wanting to know about our tipis, about us and how we came to set-up our business etc. – it was a great moment of confirmation that we’d definitely done the right thing.

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As Weddings make up 90% of our business, our first ever Wedding in 2011 was also up there in terms of being memorable and a momentous occasion for us. The lovely Mr & Mrs Drapper celebrated their special day within the grounds of a shooting lodge in Derbyshire.


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Our own Wedding – 2012

We were very fortunate enough to have already established Peaktipis in 2011 and benefit from our beautiful tents for our own special day in September 2012, when we {Matthew and Kimberley} became Husband and Wife. We couldnt have asked for a better day in terms of the Weather, and watching the reaction from all of of our friends and family when entering the Tipis, was just a magical and extremely proud moment.

One of our Mantras at Peaktipis is to ‘treat every one of our clients’ special occasions uniquely and like it was our own’ and so having experienced the planning and process running up to our own big day of a Tipi Wedding and everything it entails as the ‘Bride and Groom’, we know from first-hand experience, as well as five years in the business, how to achieve that for all of our lovely Brides and Grooms.

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Over 100 Magical Events  2011 – 2015

We’ve delivered over 100 memorable Weddings, Special Occasions and Corporate events for lots of shiny, happy people throughout the UK over the last five years, namely throughout our home counties in the Midlands, but also as far North as Runswick Bay in North Yorkshire, to Burnham Market on the East Coast and as far South as Oxfordshire and everything in between. We’ve also met some fabulous people {who we now call ‘Friends’} over the past five years in the Wedding and Events industry who have encouraged us and been instrumental in helping us ‘grow’ and achieve what we have so far in our fifth ‘TipiTastic’ year. 

Here’s a little montage of some of those incredible Peaktipi Weddings and Events:

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Once in a Lifetime Tipi Trip

At the end of March we set off  to the Swedish Lapland, the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people, thanks to our Tent provider’s, Tentipis. We won the exciting Tipi Adventure trip along with three other Tipi providers in the UK.

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We flew into Stockholm, back on another plane over to Skelleftea, then from there hired a car to road-trip up to Arvidsjaur where we were meeting the rest of the group to experience the Nordic tipis in their authentic form. First stop on day one was to the Tentipi production factory where we got to see firsthand how and where our beloved tents are made. We were extremely privileged to be let loose on the industrial sewing machines to ‘have a go’ for ourselves and got to craft a small bag from the famous Tentipi canvas. From there-on-in we got to encounter life as a Sámi resident from dog sledding to ice fishing; skiddoo driving to arctic barbecues we had the full experience. Setting up camp in the Tipis on the fresh snow in temperatures of -18 degrees with nothing other than a reindeer hide, our sleeping bags and a small burning stove – {no groundsheet} – made for an interesting night’s sleep that night!

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It has to go down as one of the best experiences of our lives, challenging, testing but extremely enjoyable all wrapped up in one. We met some incredible people also during the trip who we shared and created lots of memorable moments with and will most definitely be keeping in touch with. A huge thank you to Tentipis for allowing us to experience this incredible adventure and understand firsthand the heritage of our Nordic Tipis.


Here’s to the next fabulous five years and beyond

We have had lots of learning and discovery along the way over the last five years and have enjoyed every second of growing and improving our business. Along with the two of us, we have built a small, but passionate little team of Tipi loving folk  {AKA ‘Team Peaktipis’} who will help us strengthen our reputation of a quality and professional service further. So, with an incredibly busy 2015 season ahead, a busy diary already for 2016 and lots of exciting new ideas in the pipeline, here’s to the next fabulous five years…. and beyond.


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If you are recently engaged, already planning your Wedding day, special event or party, why not get in touch and let us help create a memorable and unique day that you and your guests will never forget. Drop us a email on, or call us on 0344 411 3460 and let’s talk Tipis!